colsonEarlier today I posted a long quote from Kathy Baldock, an Evangelical Christian, about how the supposed “persecution” of Christians in this country simply doesn’t exist. Fundamentalists these days have taken to professionally and loudly whining about how they’re suffering at the hands of the rest of the population, when what is actually happening is a lot simpler — namely, they’re finally starting to get treated more equally to the rest of us, slowly but surely. For many years, people really didn’t question the idea of conservative Christians having a special place in our society. Now people are questioning it more and more, and it’s making our country better.

As a counterpoint to Kathy’s quote, here’s convicted Watergate felon Chuck Colson emitting his best whine:

“We’ve fallen into the spiral of silence in which case the people who might be a tiny minority but are controlling the conversation intimidate the rest of us. Now where have we seen that happen most vividly? We’ve seen it in the gay rights movement. The gay rights movement is a tiny minority in America, so what you get is a passionate movement of 10 percent of the people, 5 percent of the people maybe in the gay movement, maybe 4 percent, 3 percent, and they control what the rest of us think because the rest of us are intimidated into silence. Folks, brothers and sisters, I tell you I believe in the depths of my being that the most important thing we can do today in obedience to Christ is to break the spiral of silence, to speak out, to point out unrighteousness.”

Yeah, Chuck Colson and Tony Perkins and the rest of them are so obviously being “intimidated into silence.” That’s why we’re quoting their words verbatim to spread to a larger audience. Everyone boo hoo for Chuck.

[h/t Joe]